The membership expansion of EU in 2004 brought some challenges for post-communist countries which were expected to approach the EU average. Regional policy of EU provided new member states with significant support in order to catch up. Although cross-country convergence appeared, convergence within the countries is still not clear. Institutions can play a crucial role in economic development, especially universities. During 2007 – 2015 were Slovak higher education institutions supported mostly in convergence regions and the support should be seen in their better performance. A main goal of this paper is to find out whether the efficiency of Slovak public higher education institutions in convergence regions changed comparing to Bratislava region after the first entire programming period 2007 – 2013. A Data Envelopment Analysis is applied to compare years 2007 and 2015. The results show that public higher education institutions in less-developed regions in Slovakia indeed experienced a convergence comparing to Bratislava region, especially in the area of research that was mostly supported from Structural Funds.
University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of National Economy, Dolnozemská cesta 1, 852 35 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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